How Do People In New Hampshire Feel About Spanking Their Kids?
Kelly Clarkson has been getting spanked on social media for her comments she made last week about spanking her own children. Kelly has a three-year-old daughter and a 21 month-old son.
According to US Magazine, her parents used physical punishment when she was growing up in Texas. Kelly is quoted as saying, “I’m from the South, ‘ya’ll, so we get spankings,” she said. “My mom would call the principal if I ever ended up in the principal’s office and give permission for her to spank me. I’m a well-rounded individual with a lot of character, so I think it’s fine.”
The backlash directed at Kelly is familiar to many parents who decide to spank their kids. Growing up, my parents spanked me in private, and in public if they believed my behavior warranted it. Am I any better or worse off for it? Probably not. Did I deserve every spanking I got? Absolutely not. But I can tell you that I did spank my kids when they were little. Not often...but there were times when I felt it was necessary as a last resort. If I had it to do over again, I may do things differently.
If you spank your kids...you aren't alone. According to a Gallup poll taken in 2016, 64 percent of parents approve of spanking. But a Yahoo News article says researchers looked at 75 different studies, and found spanking was associated with 13 out of 17 negative child behaviors, including poor self-esteem, increased aggression, and reduced cognitive ability. And a 2009 study done by the University of New Hampshire found that kids who were spanked scored lower on IQ tests.
So what do you think about spanking? Here's what people said this morning on the WOKQ Facebook page when we posed the question...
There were many more comments on both sides of the debate. You can read all of them HERE. And feel free to let me know what you think.